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Re: Titan Watch 5/13/2001

We have had people tell us that we were on the news in Scandinavia and
France. I have done interviews for media in Colombia, United Kingdom, and in
the USA for Boston, Atlanta, Kansas, Orlando, Fl. I even am getting
recognized in the grocery store. I ready for this to be over, as good as it
is for the Garden.

Craig Allen, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Florida

----- Original Message -----
From: "Denis" <denis@skg.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: Titan Watch 5/13/2001

> Dear Aroiders:
> It was an excellent article and Picture in the Miami Herald Yesterday.
> And not only the local newspaper but all the localTV newscasters have
> now picked up the story of the Titan Arum at Fairchild that has bloomed
> two years in a row. They all talk about how bad it smells when it
> opens....It is a welcome change from all the murder and mayhem they
> normally salivate over when they do a news broadcast.
> Craig you're doing a great job. Keep it up.
> Denis Rotolante
> President IAS 2001
> Craig Allen wrote:
> >
> > Titan Watch 5/13/2001: At 9 AM the Titan had reached 78" or 6' 6" tall.
By 6
> > P.M. it had measured 79". This morning the Miami Herald sent a reporter
> > do an extensive interview and a really great photographer, Annie
> > to take pictures. She took tons, with me, without me, with visitors, on
> > ladder, she was really into it. She really hadn't expected the Titan to
> > so impressive. I hope I get to see some of the pictures. The article
> > be in tomorrows paper (I hope).
> >
> > I was gone from the Garden during the afternoon, and when I got back at
> > I could see the first major difference in several days. The spathe is
> > beginning to loosen up in earnest. The red color on the reverse hasn't
> > reached full color yet, so it isn't quite ready to open. It does appear
> > the spathe is swelling a bit in the middle, producing tension in the
ribs so
> > that it can open relatively quickly when the time is right.
> >
> > Suzanne and I have worked some of the problems out of the web cam we
> > installed, but we are going to try a new camera this evening to see if
> > will be clearer. It will be moved a little closer to the plant. There
> > be a link from the 2001 Titan blooming page, but just in case, here is
> > address to view the page.
> >
> > http://www.ftg.org/blooms/webcam/pic/image.jpg
> >
> > Happy Titan watching.
> >
> > Craig M. Allen
> > Conservatory Manager
> > Fairchild Tropical Garden
> > 10901 Old Cutler Road
> > Coral Gables(Miami), Florida, USA  33156-4296
> > Tel. 305-667-1651 ext. 3320
> > Fax 305-661-8953
> > e-mail callen@fairchildgarden.org
> > web: www.fairchildgarden.org

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